Elbow, knees, dreams

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how I manipulate my preschoolers’ impressionable young minds

Me: …..And after story time, it will be time to go home. Various students: Yay!!! Me: Oh, really? I think it’s kind of sad. I miss you guys when you aren’t here. Various students: (silent, puzzling this over) Me: I love it when we are all here together. Read More...

I don’t like being caboose

My students line up in ABC order, so the line is very predictable. So that we won’t always have the same kid at the front, and the kid whose name starts with Q or W or Z won’t always be at the back, I have a line leader and a “caboose.” This week’s caboose Read More...

hugging

Today right before I was going to start explaining the options for centers time, Princess interrupted me. “Can I have a hug?” “Not right now, sweetie.” She pouted. I said, “You can have a hug when I give you your clothespin for centers time.” Someone Read More...

Sixteen boys and four girls!

Yes, that is my class count. I checked out the list today on my first official day of work and started laughing when I figured that out. Sixteen boys. Yikes. Um, did I mention, my class has SIXTEEN BOYS?! I have to hope that if some students don’t show Read More...

When the cat’s away, the mice will play

We had the best time today. The entire school and almost the entire staff went to a big celebration in a park, and we had the school to ourselves. Three kids were absent today, as was Ali, so it was me, Jan (my para), and 12 preschoolers. We went on an Read More...